Sara Nordin

Counsel, Geneva, Brussels



Sara Nordin joined White & Case's Brussels office in 2008, was based in our Hong Kong office in 2010–2014, and continues to be a counsel of the global international trade practice while currently being based primarily in Geneva.

Sara is part of the EU specialist export controls and sanctions team, which regularly advises multinational institutions and corporations on a wide range of matters relating to relevant EU law and policy and Member State enforcement for trade restrictions towards various third countries (such as Ukraine/Russia, Iran and Syria).

Sara has worked on international trade and customs matters in both the United States and the EU, and specializes in advising multinational companies, trade associations and sovereign governments on related issues. From Sara's work in Hong Kong, she has developed a focus on the EU's trade and investment relations (including free trade agreements) with various Asian countries, including China.

With respect to EU and US trade and customs law, Sara has expertise relating to a broad range of issues concerning antidumping and countervailing duty, classification, origin, valuation, marking, entry procedures, preferential trade regimes and security standards. She has advised clients supplying goods and services on the EU and US markets on various aspects of environmental regulations, regulatory compliance, product safety standards (including GMO regulation in the EU and its Member States) and intellectual property regimes (including Geographical Indications). Sara also provides regular advice on various trade, customs and institutional matters in relation to existing EU and US free trade agreements, as well as free trade agreements under EU negotiation. She participates in ongoing industry consultations on drafting proposals for the modernized EU customs code.

While practicing law in Brussels, Sara also developed expertise relating to mergers and acquisitions and general competition law, with emphasis on the Nordic market. In this regard, she has been involved in European Commission proceedings relating to merger notifications and alleged cartel offences.

She has also represented clients before the CIT, ITC and other US government entities, as well as the European Commission.

Prior to joining White & Case, Sara worked for a New York law firm, specializing in international trade litigation and customs compliance matters. She has also worked as a trainee with the Trade Directorate-General of the European Commission.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
New York State Bar
US Court of International Trade
Chinese Law
Hong Kong University
Brooklyn Law School
Political Science and Media
Hunter College





"EU Restrictive Measures" in The Guide to Sanctions, Global Investigations Review, August 2020 (with Genevra Forwood, Matthias Vangenechten and Fabienne Vermeeren)

CJEU Judgment in BSkyB and Pace Cases on Customs Classification of Set-Top Boxes, Global Trade and Customs Journal, Volume 6, Issue 9, 2011

Swedish Competition Authority argues for improvements to legal framework for re-use of public sector information (PSI) for commercial purposes, e-Competitions Bulletin, January 2010-II

Swedish Competition Authority declares its new policy for prioritization of competition and procurement cases, e-Competitions Bulletin, March 2010-II

International Trade Review 2006: Cases under 28 U.S.C. § 1581(a), 38 GEO. J. INT'L L. 11